[ARTICLE] Calls For Prenatal Sleep Lessons to Reduce Labour Risks- The Courier Mail, 19th August 2016

SLEEP lessons need to be included in prenatal assessments because 80 per cent of women can’t sleep during pregnancy and continue to suffer insomnia following baby’s arrival.

The call from maternity experts comes as research highlights the risks of sleep deprivation. Sleeplessness in the third trimester can extend labour and increase risk of C-section and depression. Research shows women who sleep less than six hours per night are 4.5 times more likely to deliver by cesaerean. Women report that little prenatal information on sleep is offered.

Queensland midwife and sleep consultant Amanda Bude is liaising with the Australian College of Midwives to devise strategies to help mums-to-be with insomnia.

“The risks from lack of sleep are well documented, but I don’t think that women are educated on the need for sleep, especially as there is a knock-on effect after the birth,” Ms Bude said.
“Clinicians should address sleep patterns in prenatal assessments as potential predictors of labour duration and delivery type,” she said.

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[ARTICLE] SIDS RISK IN FLAT HEAD PREVENTION- Herald Sun/ The Courier Mail August 11th 2016

PARENTS are putting their babies at risk of cot death by stuffing pillows, towels and toys around the child as they sleep in the hope of preventing them developing a flat head, researchers warn.

Conflicting advice from health professionals about the prevention and treatment of the craniofacial problem plagiocephaly, which can happen if babies lie in the same position for long periods, has meant many parents are “willing to do anything” to prevent it.

Queensland baby sleep consultant Amanda Bude says that a big part of her job is doing “environmental health checks” on cots as parents are often confused.

 

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[TODAY SHOW] Expert Interview Amanda Bude appears on Today Extra July 2016

Amanda Bude- Expert Australian Baby Sleep Whisperer and theLulla Doll

To watch click here 🙂

 

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